The bread baked at Gateway Cafe gets rave reviews, so taste it yourself today.
Gateway Cafe serves up a large selection of sandwiches, all of which are prepared fresh and to perfection.
Don't settle for bland food. Pick up some spices and seasonings from here and make your next meal a hit.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
If you're planning a party, you will love the platters and deli munches that Gateway Cafe has to offer.
When you're pulling long hours at the office, you don't want to come home and spend hours slaving over a hot stove. Fix that potential problem by exploring the frozen food options offered here.
Your mouth will be watering from the fantastic meats available at this location.
Cereal tastes so good, you'll want to eat it around the clock (so go ahead!).
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
Have a gourmet meal without working away in the kitchen. Throw on your favorite TV show or movie and pop a frozen dinner in the microwave. You'll be happy you did!
Keep your energy and mood up all day long with a tasty coffee or refreshing tea from Gateway Cafe.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Feeling hungry and creative? Fix up a tasty meal or salad with some oil and vinegar from here.
For cool, refreshing H20, Gateway Cafe's got you covered.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Gateway Cafe and pick up some fresh noodles.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
For food that takes less time to prepare, you'll definitely want to take advantage of the canned food selection at Gateway Cafe.
You can't beat the health benefits of fresh fish, so find a few you like and get to cooking!
Save time and money with nearby parking options at Gateway Cafe.
You won't be able to beat the prices and selection of food at Patio Cafe's superb grocery store in South San Francisco.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
If cooking isn't your strong point, dig into a TV dinner! Microwave cooking has never tasted so good.
When you get that craving for chocolate chip cookies, pick up the ingredients here.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
If you love to taste different tea and coffee blends, check out the selection of items available at Patio Cafe.
Whether you pop it in the microwave or warm it up over the stove, the frozen food here is ready to eat.
Looking for tender and juicy meats? Here you can find delicious cuts of meat all year long.
You can never have enough canned goods stocked in your pantry. Pick some more up here.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Patio Cafe serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Patio Cafe.
Pick up some noodles from Patio Cafe and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
If you're curious about the various types of vinegar and oil the world has to offer, stop by here and discover a new blend.
When you need a little more flavor in your life, spruce up your daily meals with some spices and seasonings from here.
Score a close parking spot at Patio Cafe.
Make this next recipe your best ever with only the best quality ingredients from Patio Cafe in South San Francisco.
Fans of Round Table Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
No need for those with special dietary needs to miss out on Round Table Pizza — the pizzeria has plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this pizzeria has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
At this pizzeria, kids of all ages are welcome.
Wifi is on the house at Round Table Pizza, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Round Table Pizza is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at Round Table Pizza, where business casual attire is standard.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Round Table Pizza also offers catering.
This pizzeria will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the pizzeria yourself to carry out your meal.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Round Table Pizza.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Round Table Pizza.
Taste the greatness Round Table Pizza is serving up with meals around $30.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Round Table Pizza since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Round Table Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Round Table Pizza (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
If you've had a long and hard week, come visit Round Table Pizza and enjoy a pizza in a casual atmosphere.
So round up the whole family and head on over to Round Table Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Di Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Di Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
This pizzeria's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this pizzeria.
Take a great restaurant, add perfect party food and a fun group of people, and get a night for the ages at Di Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria.
Comfort is prioritized at Di Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
This pizzeria offers convenient carryout and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the pizzeria space.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the patrons at your next shindig.
Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to Di Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Di Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Di Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Di Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Di Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria for a tasty pizza pie.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Di Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria's pizza.
Di Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria serves up great pieces of pizza in an even better atmosphere for entertaining you and your gang.
Select your toppings and create a delicious pizza made from scratch by visiting Di Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria.
Sit down to some Thai-infused deliciousness at Thai Satay Restaurant, and add yet another sparkling review to the lengthy list of compliments.
Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Thai Satay Restaurant, a local favorite.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Impress your friends and invite them to a party to remember at Thai Satay Restaurant.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
If dining out is not on the agenda, this restaurant offers delivery and pickup, too.
That's right! Thai Satay Restaurant will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Thai Satay Restaurant's Grand Ave residence.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Thai Satay Restaurant.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Thai Satay Restaurant is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Come enjoy what some say is the greatest Thai food in South San Francisco at Thai Satay Restaurant.
So get a taste of the best Thai around when you swing by Thai Satay Restaurant for a quick bite to eat.
Enjoy an evening out with out all of the stress with the delicious Thai food at Thai Satay Restaurant.
For traditional and innovative Thai food with endless flavor, head to Thai Satay Restaurant.
Flavorful, five-star sauces fill the menu at Ristorante Buon Gusto, and Downtown visitors will say it serves the best Italian fare in town.
The chefs at Ristorante Buon Gusto know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Plan your next big gathering at Ristorante Buon Gusto — patrons will appreciate the spacious interior, and there's even a private room for special occasions.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Ristorante Buon Gusto's wifi.
The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time.
Ristorante Buon Gusto honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Ristorante Buon Gusto to your next party or event.
At Ristorante Buon Gusto, street and lot parking is made simple for diners.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Ristorante Buon Gusto s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
For prime Italian fare, Ristorante Buon Gusto is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
You'll definitely be wowed by the A+ renditions of classic Italian dishes served up at Ristorante Buon Gusto.
Most Top Chef finalists launch their restaurant careers right after their time on television ends. Not Casey Thompson—she spent seven years after season three traveling, all the while thinking hard about what she wanted in a venue. She met farmers, built relationships, and finally opened Aveline (plus its cocktail bar sibling, The European) in June. As the result of so much careful planning, the restaurant truly embodies Casey’s vision, both in the space and on the plate.
One key part of that vision? Pigs. Casey loves to use almost every part of them, including the head. In honor of Aveline’s recent launch, we asked her about her fondness for pork, her cooking philosophy, and some of her go-to spots in San Francisco.
GROUPON: One ingredient that crops up on the menus at Aveline and The European is pork. Specifically, pork from the pig’s head—pork jowl, pig cheek, pig ear. What do you like about this ingredient?
CASEY THOMPSON: In general, I love any animal that tastes good from head to toe! As a chef, it’s really beneficial for me to use different parts of an animal that might otherwise be underutilized. It keeps costs down and provides guests with the opportunity to try things they may not otherwise try.
There is a lot more marbling in these parts than you might think, and there are a variety of different textures in specific parts like the ear.
G: Do you think that pig face is trending right now?
CT: I don't know. I try not to pay too much attention to what’s “trendy.” I just want to make food that tastes good, and if it means using parts of an animal that are unfamiliar to most people and [then] educating people about them, I’m happy to do so.
G: If someone hasn't tried any part of the pig’s head, where should they start?
CT: I think a good place to start is with pig cheek—it’s rich and it braises perfectly! Confiting a pig cheek [at home] is easy. The most difficult part is probably finding the product, but your local butcher can help with that.
G: Are there other pig dishes in San Francisco that you like?
CT: The pork at Kokkari is unreal, and Namu Gaji does a pretty impressive job too!
G: Aside from cooking with pig parts, you’re also an advocate for sustainability and the environment. Where does that passion come from?
CT: I have a job that impacts the environment, and as such, I have a duty to make sure that my staff and I do all we can not to add to the overwhelming issues we’re already facing.
I am also a firm believer in good husbandry. All animals deserve to live a good life, especially if they are giving us theirs for nourishment. It’s our responsibility as humans to recognize that.
G: Some of your dishes have original ingredients with a cool, earthy vibe. I’m talking about the "ham snow" and "chicory soil" on Aveline’s menu. Can you tell us more about these?
CT: Environmental elements in a dish add interesting flavors. The chicory soil contains nori, breadcrumbs, candied cashews, and chicory—all pretty earthy, you’re right. Now, the ham snow is highly technical stuff: we freeze ham, grate it over cold amberjack, and call it snow!
G: You’re also creating the menu over at The European, your bar-and-lounge project with Adam Wilson. It seems like the snacks have more of an updated comfort-food feel. Is The European the other side of Aveline's coin?
It absolutely is! There is a secret kid side to me with that menu and, really, it’s us having fun. I do think we have the best burger—it is so good. I want people to use both spaces! Come and eat at The European!
G: To close out, can you share some of your favorite San Francisco spots to grab a bite?
For coffee: Réveille Coffee Co.
For breakfast (and guilty, greasy pleasures): San Jalisco
For lunch and dinner: Kokkari, Kin Khao
For after-hours drinks and eats: Rye, Tradition, Le Colonial
For outdoor dining: The Ferry Building, Slanted Door, Cavallo Point, Coqueta
This interview has been condensed and edited. Photos courtesy of Casey Thompson. The European photo by Andi Fisher.
When you live in a city with so much scenery, eating inside can feel a bit stifling. Here are five beautiful restaurant patios in San Francisco that allow you to order in the great outdoors.
Mission Rock Resort (817 Terry Francois Blvd.)
The restaurant group that owns South Park staples MoMo’s, Pedro’s Cantina, and Pete’s Tavern overhauled Mission Rock Resort in late 2012. Now, it’s a bayside escape with plenty of deck seating, calming ocean views, and easy parking. Try bites from the raw bar or fried seafood for lunch, brunch, or happy hour.
Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission St.)
The most popular tables at this Mission stalwart are in the romantic covered patio. In the evening, artsy or retro flicks are projected on the patio wall while sound can be played through drive-in–style speakers at each table. The movies, however, are a secondary draw compared to the Californian-Mediterranean food.
Waterbar (399 The Embarcadero S)
Waterbar is a perennial Top 100 restaurant, so you can bet on some memorable seafood with views of the bay, the Bay Bridge, and the Bay Lights—not to mention $1.25 oysters every day before 5:30 pm.
Bar Agricole (355 11th St.)
Opened by a collective of the city’s best bartenders and sommeliers, Bar Agricole is led by master drink maker Thad Vogler. Unsurprisingly, its cocktails are just as good as its seasonal food. The space’s award-winning design features plenty of redwood, concrete, and glass, plus a spacious patio that’s covered and heated during the winter months.
Biergarten (424 Octavia St.)
Biergarten takes its name literally—its only seating is outdoors, where all of its Bavarian-style street food is served from shipping containers converted into a kitchen and bar. Brews can be ordered by the half- or full-liter, but considering the long lines, it’s best to get the larger of the two before you squeeze into one of the communal picnic tables.
Photos courtesy of Mission Rock Resort, Foreign Cinema, Waterbar, and Bar Agricole; Biergarten photo courtesy of BarFlySF.
Sushi is not hard to come by in San Francisco, but so much variety means that finding the perfect sushi spot can be a challenge. Here are our picks for the five freshest, most innovative sushi restaurants in the Bay Area.
1. Cha-Ya (762 Valencia St.)
Vegetarian sushi anyone? While that may sound like an oxymoron, Cha-Ya is redefining what sushi means, veggie- and vegan-style. It’s cash-only here, and the wait can be long, but the food is inventive and the service is great. Even meat eaters should enjoy the Cha-Ya Roll: tempura-battered asparagus, avocado, yam, and carrot with Cha-Ya’s special sauce.
2. Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant (2154 Mission St.)
Never tried fried “veggie eel” before? This place has you covered, and it accommodates most dietary restrictions. There’s a vegan menu, a gluten-free menu, animal-product-free tempura, and sushi made with brown rice.
3. Roka Akor (801 Montgomery St.)
The presentation at Roka Akor is out of this world: sushi served on a landscape of salt rocks, ice, bamboo boxes, and light (that’s right, your sushi plate will glow). The tasting menu is a must-try and incorporates a wide range of different fish.
4. Tsunami Sushi Panhandle (1306 Fulton St.)
Tusnami’s classic california rolls are half off during happy hour, but the restaurant is most famous for its combination rolls. Try the Mama San with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna or the Magic Mushroom roll with salmon, snow crab, and enoki mushrooms. Also, consider adding some zing to your meal with sake or wine.
5. Akiko’s Restaurant (431 Bush St.)
Located in Union Square, Akiko’s serves up superfresh sushi—the menu changes daily based on the availability of ingredients. The kitchen focuses on serving sustainable, organic, seasonal, and local fish at high-end prices. The omakase menu will run up to $100 per person, but for sushi die-hards, it’s worth it. If you’re not feeling fish, there are non-sushi items on the menu, too, including teriyaki meats and udon soups.